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3A Preseason Breakdown

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By Carter Mansfield

Alcoa has dominated 3A for years, and have currently won six consecutive state titles in the class. The Tornadoes seem to be the favorite once again, but there are several very good programs that could pose a threat to Alcoa’s streak of dominance, including Covington and East Nashville. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at contenders for the state title, along with my Mr. Football pick, our website’s preseason Top 15 rankings, some of the biggest games of the upcoming season, and our website’s preseason all-state team.


Contenders: Alcoa, East Nashville, Covington

Dark Horses: Pigeon Forge, Loudon, Stewart County

State Championship Pick: Alcoa over Covington


3A is one of the deepest classes when it comes to Mr. Football candidates in 2021. We’re going to go with Will Page of Stewart County. Page was a semifinalist for the award last year, and will be taking an even heavier offensive load in 2021. Stewart County will also be one of 3A’s top teams in 2021.

Mr. Football Pick: Will Page, Stewart County, QB


Preseason Top 15 Team Rankings

1. Alcoa

2. Covington

3. East Nashville

4. Loudon

5. Stewart County

6. Pigeon Forge

7. Fairview

8. Gatlinburg-Pittman

9. White House

10. Ripley

11. Waverly

12. Kingston

13. Memphis East

14. Stratford

15. Giles County


Stateoftennesseehsfb.com’s Preseason 3A All-State Team

OFFENSE

QB: Caden Buckles, Alcoa, Sr.

QB: Keaton Harig, Loudon, Sr.

QB: Jacob Dooley, Waverly, Sr.

RB: Chaye McElroy, Giles County, Sr.

RB: Jamarion Dowell, Covington, Jr.

RB: Ranen Blackburn, White House, Sr.

WR: Amarion Sizemore, Giles County, Sr.

WR: Reese Cole, Gatlinburg-Pittman, Sr.

WR: Isaiah Bryant, Alcoa, Sr.

WR: Terrance Elder, Ripley, Sr.

TE: Donivon Thomas, Brainerd, Jr.

OL: Lance Williams, Alcoa, Jr.

OL: Tyler Jeffries, Alcoa, Jr.

OL: Taylan Fletcher, East Nashville, Sr.

OL: Devin Lejsek, White House Heritage, Sr.

OL: Donte Gillard, Douglass, Sr.

ATH: Will Page, Stewart County, Sr.

ATH: Morgan Jean, Fairview, Sr.

K: Pete Sesterhenn, Signal Mountain, Jr.

DEFENSE

DL: Chazell Adkins, East Nashville, Sr.

DL: Demetrius Locklin, Brainerd, Jr.

DL: Josh Mingle, Cannon County, Jr.

DL: Caleb Wolfe, Pigeon Forge, Jr.

LB: Cristian Barbee, Covington, Sr.

LB: Major Newman, Alcoa, Sr.

LB: Sawyer Phillips, Giles County, Sr.

LB: Pierce Scholato, White House, Sr.

DB: AC Mason-Young, Covington, Jr.

DB: D’Arco Perkins-McCallister, Stratford, Sr.

DB: Talijah Witt, Brainerd, Sr.

DB: Hassan Alsultani, Pigeon Forge, Jr.

P: Esteban Mendoza, Unicoi County, Jr.


Key Games Between 3A Programs

Week 1

No Games Between 3A Programs

Week 2

Northview Academy at West Greene

Gatlinburg-Pittman at Alcoa

Raleigh-Egypt at Bolton

Week 3

West Greene at Claiborne

Brainerd at Kingston

Sequatchie County at Cannon County

East Nashville at Stratford

Stewart County at Fairview

Bolton at Dyersburg

Week 4

Gatlinburg-Pittman at Loudon

Week 5

Alcoa at Pigeon Forge

Jackson County at East Nashville

White House at Waverly

Ripley at Covington

Memphis East at Hamilton

Week 6

Stewart County at Waverly

Hamilton at Douglass

Week 7

Brainerd at Loudon

Fairview at White House

Covington at Dyersburg

Douglass at Trezevant

Week 8

Memphis East at Douglass

Week 9

Chuckey-Doak at Claiborne

Giles County at Sequatchie County

White House at Stewart County

Week 10

Hamilton at Trezevant

Week 11

Trezevant at Memphis East

West Greene at Chuckey-Doak

Pigeon Forge at Gatlinburg-Pittman

Loudon at Kingston

Giles County at Cannon County

Stratford at Jackson County

Waverly at Fairview

Covington at Bolton

Dyersburg at Ripley










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